IKEA Hacks... have you heard about them? Check out one of the many sites that is dedicated to taking an IKEA product and making it your own.
Or another cool IKEA thing is the game: IKEA or Death. You are presented a Swedish word and you have to choose whether it is for an IKEA product or the name of a death metal band. My metal-loving husband was the one that introduced me to it and I think he wanted to brag about how well he did. Until I wound up with 17/20 which was better than him. Am I a closet metalhead? Nope. I just know my IKEA products!
On to my hack...
Peaches and I were spending a Saturday at IKEA and shortly after entering, I noticed this bird cage thing. Super cute, but it did NOT go with the decor in Peaches' room. Black metal with a fluorescent yellow bird. But at $9.99, I had to buy it... it was practically free! (I can't tell you how many pieces of furniture from IKEA that I've purchased using that same mentality).
|Love the names of IKEA's products - I'm kind of glad Sam too!|
|Now that's one yellow bird|
|I didn't choose any special paint - just one that I had on hand|
I laid the birdcage flat and traced around the bird using a mechanical pencil. I did one on the front of the paper and one on the back so that I would have a mirrored pair.
Next, I carefully cut out the "bird" using small scissors and took out the good 'ol Mod Podge
|I used "Gloss" because it's what I had open in my craft room|
Alas, I decided to cut a slit in the bird (and I call myself a vegetarian), so that I could slide the bird around the hardware after making sure there was enough Mod Podge to stick. Luckily, it worked and you can't even tell there was a slit in the first place!
Finally, when testing out how the bird slides up and down, it scratched the paint and gave me the inspiration to take some sandpaper all over the birdcage and give it a vintage bird cage look.